Casting: O’Connell, Criss, Hasson, Fimmel, Martell

Casting Oconnell Criss Hasson Fimmel Martell

Twisting My Melon
Jack O’Connell (“Unbroken,” “Starred Up”) is in advanced negotiations to play Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder and Jason Isaacs is in talks to play his father in “Twisting My Melon” for AGC Studios. n addition Holliday Grainger and Maxine Peake will play Shaun’s girlfriend and mother respectively.

The Happy Mondays were giants of the independent music scene in the U.K., combining elements of funk and psychedelia with hits such as “Hallelujah” and “Mad Cyril”. Matt Greenhalgh, who penned musician biopics “Control” and “Nowhere Boy,” will write and make his feature-film directing debut on the project. [Source: Variety]

Darren Criss will re-team with his “Glee” and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” executive producer/creator Ryan Murphy on the new Netflix series “Hollywood”. Criss is set to star in and executive produce the series which is dubbed a love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown. Patti LuPone and Holland Taylor will also appear in the series which will be set in the 1940s and premieres May 2020. [Source: Variety]

Untitled James Wan Horror Film
Maddie Hasson has scored a key role in the untitled James Wan-directed new horror film for Atomic Monster. Hasson joins the current cast which includes Annabelle Wallis, Jake Abel and George Young. Storyline and character details are under wraps but filming begins in Los Angeles at the end of September. Wan and Michael Clear produce from a story by Wan and Ingrid Bisu. [Source: Deadline]

Die in a Gunfight
“Vikings” actor Travis Fimmel has joined “Die in a Gunfight” for Culmination, starring alongside Olivia Munn, Alexandra Daddario and Diego Boneta. Filming begins in October under the helm of Collin Schiffli.

The story follows a young guy (Boneta) who falls for the daughter (Daddario) of his father’s nemesis in New York City. Fimmel will play a love sick Texan hitman hell bent on revenge. Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari penned the script. [Source: Deadline]

“IT” and “Knives Out” star Jaeden Martell has joined the John Krokidas’ “Tunnels” opposite Susan Sarandon. Victoria Rose penned the film set years after a school shooting and follows a grandmother (Sarandon) who raised the shooter. She finds an unlikely but wonderful friendship in a bullied teenage boy (Martell) whose brother was one of the victims. Through each other, these two outsiders find redemption against the backdrop of a town still grieving. [Source: Deadline]